Daily Prompt: Today everyone can be a doctor

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When you get to advanced years, you begin to disintegrate somehow and your body might, in the worst case, resemble the building in the photo. Things do not work as well as they used to. Mr. Swiss and I both know it, but we can share our symptoms. He has back ache, so do I, but his back ache is not the same as mine. I have problems getting out of bed in the morning, the first steps are the most difficult. When I arrive at the window to open it and let the morning air in, my feet and legs are still attached and seem to know what they should do. They just have to think about it when I am sitting on the edge of the bed before movement begins.

I very rarely, if at all, have a headache. Oh, I used to, but since I stopped smoking many years ago, the headaches also stopped. There must be a connection, at least it was not a symptom of something worst, otherwise it would not have disappeared.

When I had my fall at the beginning of last year, I visited my GP for a checkup. She sent me to the hospital and they discovered nothing was broken. This had been going on for longer. I was always injuring something somewhere, generally because I fell, mainly through being giddy.  I never had a thorough examination, as at the age of 40 you really do not need one. It was all a matter of balance, probably from the ears. This sort of thing can happen, no big deal, but my doc sent me to a neurologist who sent me to the special department at the hostpital because she found it had been going on too long. Symptoms? I did not think so, but the result came back as MS, so I must have had a few. You have to recognise your symptoms.

Anyhow I do not want to give a analysis of my health situation, but it was I who told the neurologist it is probably MS. I mean when you get bills arriving from four different town hospitals in Switzerland you know that something is going on. He confirmed it after the results of the tests.  How did I get the idea of what it could be? Hey, today we have internet. Everyone is there own doctor. Just put in a few short hints on the Internet and you get at least ten different web sites to choose from.

Your hip hurts – you can have sciatica, a hernia, with a few others in between until it gets to cancer, which seems to turn up everywhere in the list of symptoms. Eventually what began as a quick look becomes a major tragedy. Of course, you go to the doctor and they want to be on the safe side so send you for a further expensive examinations at the hospital. Perhaps the result is just a sprain and nothing more.  I remember the wise words of my neurologist, who I now seen from time to time. He said Mrs. Angloswiss, I will give you a tip. Do not search too much in Internet about your MS. Anyone can write anything and most of it is not to be relied on.

He did add the link for the official society in Switzerland, and I told him that the British also have a good society. He was interested and asked for the link: anything else is a no go, because there are too many variations on the theme.

If you have a symptom today, the first advice you get from anyone is have a look in Internet, who needs a doctor. There are, of course, the colleagues who tell you “I have that as well”. Eventually you realise that your symptom is not something private or individual, you are sharing it with everyone else, so it cannot be so bad after all.

I no longer have symptoms, just aches and pains, but as long as Mr. Swiss and I both have aches and pains we never run out of a conversation topic.

Daily Prompt: Today everyone can be a doctor

9 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Today everyone can be a doctor

  1. I use the internet to see if there is something worrying enough to actually go to a doctor. But the worst things that happened to me, I wasn’t looking for. I had no symptoms that I recognized. I thought my shortness of breath was asthma, not heart disease. And my breasts were just breasts until they were something else. Probably why it’s worth getting that checkup anyway. My mother’s cancer hit her when she was just 44 and I’ve know women as young as 36 to get it. And I’ve heard of even younger women — AND some men.

    You can’t check on everything, but it’s good to get a nice baseline so that in the future, when you have something that isn’t like the earlier stuff, you can see a progression.

    Also, better doctors really help. I might have known I had problems had my doctors bothered to check, which they didn’t. They didn’t even tell me they weren’t bothering to check.

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    • It is worrying as you get older and realise that the people you saw regularly are not longer there – and to know it could be you as well. Life goes on and I just take things as they come. I have been lucky really. I have short breath now an again especially when i get up in the night and return to bed. So what did I do. Had a look in Internet, and yes is it a symptom of MS, although I will have a word with the specialist next time. I had digestive problems and my GB was giving me all sorts of special mixtures to drink to help, but it did not. So I had a look in Internet about my Atorvastatin tablets that I was taking for my cholesterol and there it was, so I stopped taking them, informed the GP and she confirmed it could be the reason. Since I have had no more problems. It is a matter of having both feet on the ground and not panic.
      My mum was a great worrier, I think if she didn’t have any worries, she was worried because she had nothing to worry about She would never go to a doctor, was just plain frightened. She died weith a heart attack (her second and she did not even bother to go to a doctor when she had the first one) when she was 74, although I could see that she was already having symptoms of Alzheimer.
      We live near a smaller town and everyone knows every doctor, which is quite good. As soon as they find something they are not sure about, you are sent to the specialist, which is quite a good system.


  2. My doctors roll their eyes when I say, “So I read on the Internet…..” I try so hard to avoid that because it always scares the heck out of me and then the doctor confirms, “no, Lois, that is not quite it.” They know Dr Google does not really have his medical degree…but who can resist?!

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    • So true. It is now the first reaction we have, but no doctor is happy with it. Mr. Swiss often tells me to look in internet if I want to know something, but anyone can print anything.


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